Fundraising is back on right now for the Columbus North High School band as a special invitation means they’re leaving early for the inauguration in Washington D.C.

At about 3 p.m. today, the band was invited to perform at 3 p.m. Wednesday for the Presidential Inaugural Committee in Washington, resulting in the band moving up its departure time from 10 p.m. Wednesday to 2 a.m. Wednesday. The performance will be broadcast on CNN and Fox News. The band is the only one invited for this event.

Since the band is leaving early, it needs another $15,000 to pay for another night at a hotel in Baltimore, where the band is staying prior to its appearance in the inaugural parade on Friday.

Rep. Milo Smith, R-Columbus, was notified and immediately began fundraising again for the band, raising $5,000 in about the first 15 minutes after the announcement.

But the band still needs $10,000 in order to pay for the additional expense.

Anyone interested in donating to the North band is asked to email milo@milosmith.com and let the state representative know what you are donating. Donations are being accepted at Salin Bank locations in Columbus.

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